Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat by Keith R. Fentonmiller

Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat by Keith R. Fentonmiller

The Mützenmacher family has been cursed to sell hats ever since their Greek ancestor stole Hermes’ teleportation hat in the fourth century. Kasper, however, doesn’t mind making hats, and he loves Berlin’s whiskey-fueled cabaret scene even more. But his carefree life of jazz and booze comes to a screeching halt when he must use the wishing hat to rescue his flapper girlfriend from the shadowy Klaus, a veil-wearing Nazi who…

The Manasseh Hill Country Survey Volume 4 by Adam Zertal and Shay Bar

The Manasseh Hill Country Survey Volume 4 by Adam Zertal and Shay Bar

From Nahal Bezeq to the Sartaba This book presents the results of a complete detailed survey of the north-eastern region of Samaria, mainly the northern area of the Jordan Valley, in the territory of Israel/Palestine. It is Volume 4 of the Manasseh Hill Country Survey publications. This project, in progress since 1978 and covering 2500 sq. km, is a thorough, metre-by-metre mapping of the archaeological-historical area between the River Jordan…

Moses: A Human Life by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

Moses: A Human Life by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

An unprecedented portrait of Moses’s inner world and perplexing character, by a distinguished biblical scholar No figure looms larger in Jewish culture than Moses, and few have stories more enigmatic. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, acclaimed for her many books on Jewish thought, turns her attention to Moses in this remarkably rich, evocative book. Drawing on a broad range of sources—literary as well as psychoanalytic, a wealth of classical Jewish texts alongside…

Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson

Serendipity's Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson

From Nazi Germany to a modern-day orphanage in the American South, three girls separated by decades and thousands of miles are about to give up when a single pair of shoes binds them all together. Dalya is the daughter of a cobbler in 1930s Berlin, and though she is only fifteen, she knows she will follow in her father’s footsteps. When she is forced into a concentration camp one violent…

Searching for Butsnevits: A Shtetl Tale by Jack Rothman

Searching for Butsnevits: A Shtetl Tale by Jack Rothman

This is a story of discovery. Like many kids in immigrant families, I avoided dealing with “old country” family history–and like many of us, I was later moved to go on a quest to discover my roots. This book, Searching for Butsnevits: A Shtetl Tale, is part autobiography, part social history, and part detective story–where the search is for a missing community rather than a missing person. The book is…

Reading Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose by Lev Hakak

Reading Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose by Lev Hakak

This is a collection of articles surrounding Modern Hebrew Literature. It includes articles about the prose fiction of S.Y. Agnon, who is Modern Hebrew Literature’s only Nobel Laureate, as well as a piece discussing the work of the internationally acclaimed Hebrew writer A.B. Yehoshua. Most of the articles were published in various academic periodicals. Lev Hakak guides us with passion and depth on a rich and exciting journey into worlds…

Jerzy by Jerome Charyn

Jerzy by Jerome Charyn

Jerzy Kosinski was a great enigma of post-World War II literature. When he exploded onto the American literary scene in 1965 with his best-selling novel The Painted Bird, he was revered as a Holocaust survivor and refugee from the world hidden behind the Soviet Iron Curtain. He won major literary awards, befriended actor Peter Sellers (who appeared in the screen adaptation of his novel Being There), and was a guest…

Emma Lazarus by Esther Schor

Emma Lazarus by Esther Schor

Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable story has remained a mystery until now. Drawing upon a cache of personal letters undiscovered until the 1980s, Esther Schor brings this vital woman to life in all her complexity—as a feminist, a Zionist, and a trailblazing Jewish-American writer. Schor argues persuasively for Lazarus’s place in history as an activist and a prophet of…

Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson

Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson

In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles. But their immediate problems are more personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, in various states of crisis, the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian. The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is…

Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman by Itamar Rabinovich

Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman by Itamar Rabinovich

More than two decades have passed since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. A native-born Israeli, Rabin became an inextricable part of his nation’s pre-state history and subsequent evolution. This revealing account of his life, character, and contributions draws not only on original research but also on the author’s recollections as one of Rabin’s closest aides. An awkward politician…